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The Xbox Series X / S are available at Microsoft Store [UPDATE: Series X out of stock]

Both consoles are available starting at $300

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The Xbox Series X and Series S are some of the hottest and most challenging gadgets to buy right now. Fortunately, the Microsoft Store has restocked both the Series X and Series S gaming consoles. Get ‘em while supplies last.

Whether you purchase the most affordable next-gen console (the Xbox Series S) or Microsoft’s most powerful gaming console to date (Series X), both share many accessories that are great for early adopters.

Several of the most popular games to play on these consoles include third-party titles like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Yakuza: Like a Dragon. Additionally, some popular Xbox One titles like Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Gears 5, and Ori: The Collection have all received graphical updates that take advantage of the next-gen hardware.

Games aside, there are also a few accessories to consider — most notably, an extra game controller for your new console. You can expand your store, there’s an external SSD you can purchase, but it is not cheap. Additionally, if you are not interested in buying some games now but need something to play, I suggest getting a subscription to Xbox Game Pass for console or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

Xbox Wireless Controller

  • $44
  • $60
  • 27% off

First up, controllers. You probably already know that Microsoft’s Xbox One wireless controller is also compatible with the new Series X / S consoles, which is great. However, the older controller model lacks a few features that might make the newer one a worthy upgrade for you.

For instance, the revised controller has a dedicated share button for saving clips and screenshots and sharing them online, a USB-C port for charging up Microsoft’s optional $24.99 play-and-charge rechargeable battery, along with a few cosmetic and physical improvements to the d-pad and triggers. It’s not a completely new controller, like the PS5’s DualSense, but that comes through with its lower price tag. Regularly $60, right now you can pick up the Xbox wireless controller in black for $44 from GameStop, and for around $49 from Amazon and Microsoft. Microsoft and GameStop are also discounting the shock blue, and pulse red variants, selling them for $50. Microsoft is additionally offering the robot white controller for $50 as well.

In addition to working with the Xbox consoles, the new controller also has Bluetooth support so you can easily connect it to your Android phone, iPhone, or PC. If your PC doesn’t have Bluetooth, you can pick up the Xbox wireless adapter made for Windows 10. Microsoft sells the aforementioned PC adapter for $24.99.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (three-month subscription)

  • $40
  • $45
  • 12% off

What good is an Xbox without games? The Xbox Game Pass Ultimate offers over 100 titles including the likes of DOOM and the soon-to-be-released Halo Infinite you can play on multiple devices. You get all that and more for just around $15 a month – which is around the same price as one video game. What’s even better is we often see deals on the pass as well. Right now, for example, you can buy a $45 three-month subscription for $40 from Amazon instead. 

Seagate 1TB NVMe SSD expansion for Xbox Series X / S

  • $220

Of course, you can buy faster storage to add to your Series X / S console, but it’ll cost you significantly more money than the option above. Microsoft partnered with Seagate to make proprietary 1TB SSDs that can be inserted into the rear of either console. These $220 SSDs are advertised to be just as fast as the storage inside your new console, so this is the best place to keep all of the new games you want to quickly load and switch between at will. And, if you have the cash to burn, you can buy multiple 1TB cards and hot-swap them to access more games.